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North America’s Busiest Air Route Revealed as Mexico City to Cancun

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MANCHESTER, England, December 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

A new study published by Routes, the organiser of the world’s leading air service development events, shows that Mexico City to Cancun is the busiest air route in North America.

Almost 3.7 million passengers travelled the 1,294 km journey between Mexico City Juarez and Cancun in the twelve-month period between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017, putting it at the top of the study’s rankings. The average cost of a ticket was $72.

Los Angeles International to New York J F Kennedy ranked second with 2.8 million people flying between the east and west coast cities. Routes’ research showed that the route is the longest in the top ten at 3,982 km and also the most expensive – a one-way ticket has an average cost of $338.

The third-busiest route links Mexico City Juarez with Monterrey International Airport, the third largest city in Mexico and the capital of the state of Nuevo León.

Completing the top five busiest passenger routes in North America is New York LaGuardia to Chicago O’Hare International, which attracted 2.36 million passengers during the year, and San Francisco to Los Angeles International, with 2.2 million.

The top ten routes:

  1. Mexico City Juarez – Cancun
  2. Los Angeles International – New York J F Kennedy International
  3. Mexico City Juarez – Monterrey Mariano Escobedo International
  4. New York LaGuardia – Chicago O’Hare International
  5. San Francisco – Los Angeles International
  6. Guadalajara – Mexico City Juarez
  7. Los Angeles International – Seattle-Tacoma International
  8. San Francisco – New York J F Kennedy International
  9. New York LaGuardia – Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson
  10. Orlando International – Newark Liberty International

The research has been released two months ahead of Routes Americas 2018, an aviation forum that will take place in Quito, Ecuador (February 13-15). The event has attracted North America’s largest airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and Air Canada.

Steven Small, brand director of Routes said: “Routes Americas will bring together senior decision makers from the region’s airlines, airports and destinations to plan new services. They will also discuss increasing the frequency and capacity of the existing routes that are popular with passengers.

“The negotiations in Quito could lead the way to the busiest North American routes of the future.”

More information is available at routesonline.com

Routes Americas 2018, February 13-15, Centro de Exposiciones Quito, Ecuador.

Notes to Editors

The research analysed the top 100 aviation routes by total capacity from November 1, 2016 to October 31, 2017, according to OAG’s Schedules Analyser, and then ordered them using data provided by Sabre Airline Solutions for the same time period.

Top ten routes:

     Average   Passengers base fare ($) Mexico City Juarez Cancun  3682028 72.22 Los Angeles International New York J F  Kennedy International 2873316 337.66 Mexico City Juarez Monterrey Mariano  Escobedo International 2559902 84.3 New York LaGuardia Chicago O'Hare  International 2362480 147.55 San Francisco  Los Angeles  International 2238043 111.66 Guadalajara Mexico City Juarez  2201280 74.77 Los Angeles International Seattle-Tacoma  International 1990802 104.63 San Francisco  New York J F  Kennedy International 1844864 327.2 New York LaGuardia Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson 1783435 201.53 Orlando International Newark Liberty  International 1696296 125.48

Routes events are unique forums dedicated to the development of new air services. They revolve around pre-scheduled meetings, an exhibition and a conference. Three ‘regional’ route development forums are held between February and April in the Americas, Asia and Europe, with the flagship World Routes event taking place in September.

Routes events are organised by UBM plc. UBM is the largest B2B event organiser in the world. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. Our deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow us to create valuable experiences which enable our customers to succeed. Please visit http://www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM.

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